Cathy McGowan’s female indie MP predecessor Doris Blackburn

[clear] By Dr Robin Tennant-Wood 18 September 2013 With the news that Sophie Mirabella has conceded defeat to Independent Cathy McGowan in the seat of Indi, the electoral book has closed on one of the most closely watched head-to-head contests in an otherwise lacklustre election. The election of a high profile woman as an Independent MP has come on the same day as the swearing-in of the new cabinet, notable only for its anachronistic dearth of female representation. While the electoral book might be closed on Indi, however, McGowan’s win has sent political historians scuttling for the record books to check for precedents. Indi has been continuously held by conservative parties […]